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Review: Elevator Action Deluxe

Elevator Action Deluxe (Playstation Network) Developer:  Square Enix Publisher:  Square Enix Genre(s): Platformer, Arcade Released: August 30, 2011 ESRB Rating: T - Teen In 1983, game developer Taito released Elevator Action in the arcades, and it was a popular arcade game that was later ported to home consoles as an NES title in 1985. That port is available on the Wii’s Virtual Console. But now, some 28 years after the release of the original Elevator Action in arcades, Square Enix has delivered a remake titled Elevator Action Deluxe available now exclusively on the Playstation Network. This remake hasn’t strayed too far from the original; one look at the game and you’ll instantly know that it is an Elevator Action title. You still traverse the building by moving left, right, … [Read more...]

The TVE NCAA Top Ten: 2011 Preseason

The 2011 NCAA football season kicks off tomorrow, September 1st. Below you'll find The Vortex Effect Top 10 rankings for the preseason. On Friday, September 2nd, we'll be posting our 2 Games 2 Watch: Week 1 column, which will involve three of the four teams in our top ten rankings and one team that also received a vote. Disagree with our rankings? Sound off in the comments and let us know who YOU think should be number one heading into the opening week of the 2011 season. 1.) Alabama (3) 47 - Trent Richardson is going after the Heisman Trophy and the Tide is chasing a second National Championship in three years. Both quests kick off against Kent State on Saturday.   2.) Oklahoma (2) 46 - The Sooners may be in a dying conference, but they have some Heisman hopefuls of their own … [Read more...]

God of War: Origins Collection Demo Now Available

If you have a Playstation Plus subscription, go download the demo for God of War: Origins Collection right now! The demo is now available for Plus members, and will be available for everyone on September 6th. Origins Collection offers up both of Kratos' PSP adventures (Ghost of Sparta and Chains of Olympus) remastered in HD and stereoscopic 3D for the Playstation 3. The collection will retail for $39.99, and will be available in stores on September 13th. This collection is great news for folks like me who love the series but don't have a PSP. Now all of Kratos' adventures to date are available on the Playstation 3. … [Read more...]

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Gamescom 2011 Interview w/Pete Hines

GameTrailers is at Gamescom 2011, and the above video is an interview they conducted with Pete Hines regarding dragons, races, character creation, and more. It's well worth watching, so give it a look. Skyrim hits shelves on 11-11-11. … [Read more...]

Counter Strike: Global Offensive Trailer

Counter Strike: Global Offensive will be available in 2012 as a downloadable title for PC, Mac, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. Just as Valve did with Portal 2, Counter Strike GO will feature Steam on PS3 allowing for cross platform play with PC, Mac, and PS3 players all playing together. Xbox is a closed system, so no Steam for 360 players. The PS3 version will feature Move support, and support for a keyboard and mouse, so it won't be as unfair to all PS3 players who get lumped in with PC gamers. Those of using a Dualshock may have a hard time though, but it'll be a good challenge. Hit the jump to see a gameplay trailer. … [Read more...]

Final Fantasy XIII-2 PAX Trailer

Feast your eyes upon the new PAX 2011 trailer for Final Fantasy XIII-2. Stunning trailer, game looks absolutely amazing. … [Read more...]

Review: Madden NFL 12

Madden NFL 12 (Xbox 360, Playstation 3 [Reviewed], Wii) Developer: EA Tiburon Publisher: EA Sports Genre: Sports, Football Release Date: August 30, 2011 ESRB Rating: E – Everyone If you’re taking the time to read this review, you’re probably a fan of the franchise or have some interest in picking up Madden NFL 12, and so I won’t make you wait until the end to know if it’s good or not. This is the opening kickoff, and we’re taking this one all the way back for a touchdown. Yes, Madden NFL 12 is an outstanding football game and it is definitely one that you are going to want to purchase. It’s common practice to compare a yearly title to the previous year’s entry, but I didn’t play Madden NFL 11 and so I can’t do that. But I can, at times, compare the game to another EA Sports … [Read more...]

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Producers Trailer

The latest trailer for EA Sports' NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is shown above, and its the producers. It features the creative director, Trey Smith, talking about the game and what's new and improved over the retail version that was released a while back. NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is coming to PSN and XBLA this October. … [Read more...]

WWE ’12 – New Predator Technology Trailer

The above trailer for WWE '12 shows off all the new visual and gameplay changes that have been made possible with the new Predator technology. From the trailer, you tell that WWE '12 will obviously be the most authentic looking WWE game to date with all new broadcast camera angles, and rope and ring physics. Gameplay looks a lot smoother and the animations don't appear as clunky. All great things. Hopefully THQ releases a demo for this game like they did for All Stars, to convince people who say "it looks like SvR 2011" that the game actually plays different. My guess is that there will be a demo for this one, but it still needs to be officially announced. WWE '12 is looking great and as a wrestling fan, it's one of my most anticipated releases of the year. It hits stores on November … [Read more...]

New Skyrim Screenshots Showcase All Character Races and Genders

A few days ago we posted the first screenshot of a Dark Elf for Skyrim. Today, Bethesda has unleashed sixteen new character screenshots that showcase male and some female versions of all the playable races in the game. You can view the screenshots in the gallery below to see just how good the characters look. Skyrim hits stores on November 11th for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. … [Read more...]


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